July 21, 2024


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Sri Lanka in the Gota

Sri Lanka returns to a painful past. Five years later, the Rajapaksa family regains power. After Mahinda, now ineligible, it was his brother Gotabaya who was elected on Sunday as president of this South Asian island.

Nicknamed the Terminator, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 70, wins with more than 50% of the vote ahead of the former Prime Minister and representative of the ruling party, Sajith Premadasa.

Gota was in command of the Sri Lankan armies when the Tamil separatist rebellion was crushed in 2009, a rebellion that claimed more than 40,000 civilian lives.

In recent weeks, he had focused his campaign on security following the jihadist attacks that killed 269 people on April 21. Suicide bombers blew themselves up in luxury hotels and Christian churches during mass.